Govt asks depts to set up RTI cells; to give Rs 50,000 grant

To streamline disposal of applications and bring in more transparency, the Central Government has directed all ministries, departments and public sector units to set up an exclusive `RTI cell`.

New Delhi: To streamline disposal of
applications and bring in more transparency, the Central
Government has directed all ministries, departments and public
sector units to set up an exclusive "RTI cell".

It has decided to give an one time grant of up to Rs
50,000 for developing necessary infrastructure and purchasing
equipment like computers for speedy disposal of pleas under
the Right to Information Act.

"Experience of past five years has shown that there is a
need to expand the scope of the Central Point so as to deal
with the RTI related issues effectively," a circular issued by
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

"It is recommended that Ministries/Departments may set up
RTI Cells to streamline the receipt and disposal of RTI
applications...Ministries/Departments may also avail of a one-time
grant of up to Rs 50,000 for procuring a computer along with a
printer and scanner facility for RTI Cells under the Centrally
Sponsored Plan Scheme `Improving transparency and
accountability through Effective Implementation of RTI` being
implemented by this Department," it said.

Government has set a deadline of July 31 for setting up
of RTI cell.

Right to Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to
citizen requests for government information.

PTI

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